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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Forecaster Forum: Portland's decision on USS JFK lacks leadership, wisdom

    I’m writing this on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. This is also the day after the Portland City Council unanimously voted against supporting the mere “consideration” of hosting the USS JFK aircraft carrier to serve as a floating muse... 10

  • Superintendent's Notebook: When losing means winning

    I’ve learned over the years that life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect or hope. But sometimes, failure leads to success. We fall short in achieving a big goal, but an even better opportunity awaits us around the corner. That is the case with a $200,000 grant recently...

  • Letter: Another case of left foot-in-mouth disease

    On Jan. 8, a man opened fire in a public space in Tuscon, Ariz., shooting 19 and killing 6. As with other senseless killings perpetrated by deranged individuals in this and other societies, it is impossible to derive a linear cause-and-effect relationship. That axiom, however, provides not even... 1

  • Letter: Beem upholds the double standard

    I was waiting for it. I knew that Edgar Allen Beem would not be able to stop himself from blaming “the Right” for Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage. Once Paul Krugman, Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann blazed the trail, Beem would jump right in. However, I also knew that ... 1

  • Editor's Notebook: Welcome to Conflagrationland

    Unless you live in a bomb shelter, you know about the fire storm that erupted last week after Gov. Paul LePage told the NAACP to "kiss my butt." It was a new low for the new governor, whose promise last year to tell the president of the United States "to go to hell" was largely written off... 3

  • The Universal Notebook: Time to stop the crazy talk

    In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there has been a lot of finger-pointing but not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to why a deranged young man attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the process killing and wounding bystanders. From the outset, th... 3

  • Letter: Council thanks Prouts Neck residents

    In November, the Prouts Neck Association Community Grant Program awarded $1,000 to the Scarborough Athletic Council. The grant money is a wonderful reflection of tremendous generosity shown by residents of the Prouts Neck community. Scarborough Athletic Council would like to formally thank...

  • Letter: Dodge doesn't speak for tea party

    Andrew Ian Dodge is a very interesting individual. However, he is not the leader of the tea party in Maine. There are many factions within the tea party movement. I believe Mr. Dodge is involved with Tea Party Patriots, a national organization. The major tea party movement in Maine was started by... 1